Search Results: "Lillian Stewart Carl"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CHARM STONE by Lillian Stewart Carl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 2009

"Though Carl (The Burning Glass, 2007, etc.) could have pruned this installment, she manages to tie up the loose ends, renew Jean and Alasdair's shaky relationship and describe Williamsburg in a manner that will delight former visitors and intrigue those who have never been there."
Historic Williamsburg has been the scene of many provocative acts of violence. The latest isn't a reenactment. Read full book review >

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THE AVALON CHANTER by Lillian Stewart Carl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 22, 2014

"The historical detail slows the progress of the story, but it's still full of enjoyable twists."
Could Farnaby Island be the Avalon of Arthurian legend? Read full book review >

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THE BURNING GLASS by Lillian Stewart Carl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2007

"A little romance, a dash of mystery and a soupçon of history make a hearty, if overly complicated, dish."
A plan to capitalize on the connection between Ferniebank, a Scottish Border Castle, and recently famous Rosslyn Chapel goes awry. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET PORTRAIT by Lillian Stewart Carl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 2005

"Mystery, history and sexual tension blend with a taste of the wild beauty of the Highlands: an enjoyable tale, if a wee bit too long."
A Louis d'Or coin whose owner wants it authenticated pitches American historian Jean Fairbairn, a partner in the magazine Great Scot, into mystery and mayhem in the Western Highlands. Read full book review >

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JIMMY STEWART by Marc Eliot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"Stout, readable story about how a nice guy got his acting chops and became one of Hollywood's greats."
An actor's life, presented admiringly—after all, the subject is a plain-spoken American beau ideal. Read full book review >

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CARL SANDBURG by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"However, despite credits for Sandburg's writings and many grateful acknowledgments, there is no indication of the written sources used for the primary text. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A clever organization and nostalgic ink-and-watercolor illustrations cannot save this picture-book biography of one of the 20th century's great men of letters. Read full book review >

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CARL SAGAN by William Poundstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1999

"A readable and comprehensive life of a fascinating subject."
Carl Sagan was without question the most famous scientist since Einstein. Read full book review >

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LILLIAN GISH by Charles Affron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Too detailed for casual Hollywood buffs, but a solid addition to any serious film history collection."
An anti-hagiography that seeks, while remaining respectful of its screen-legend subject, to rescue the "real" Lillian Gish from the myths perpetuated by her authorized biographers and her own public self-presentation. Read full book review >

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LILLIAN HELLMAN by Dorothy Gallagher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Less a conventional biography than a critical appraisal of the subject's character, career and contradictions—not likely to add any luster to Hellman's tarnished reputation."
In her own memoirs, How I Came into My Inheritance (2001), Gallagher has shown herself to be an incisive, sharp-edged, darkly humorous writer, and these qualities help engage readers in a study of Lillian Hellman (1905-1984) that might otherwise seem mean-spirited. Read full book review >

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LILLIAN HELLMAN by Ruth Turk
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 10, 1995

"A welcome addition to an authoritative and lively collection of biographies. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction/biography. 9+)"
A thoughtful entry to the Lerner Biographies series, on the often controversial American playwright and memoirist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Not a wonderful account of a life. (50 b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000)"
Readers interested in finding out more about Stewart and his distinguished career, his signal roles in movies such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Winchester '73, Harvey, and Vertigo, should steer far wide of this stunningly inept work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES STEWART by Donald Dewey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A model of how to do a serious but entertaining Hollywood biography; Dewey never loses sight of the work, which is what makes Stewart important in the first place. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Biographer and novelist Dewey (Marcello Mastroianni, 1993; Reasonable Doubts, 1991) offers a voluminous, highly intelligent look at one of the richest and most complex of Hollywood star personas, not incidentally, one of the industry's most beloved actors. Read full book review >